Full name Shamarh Shaqad Joshua Brooks
Born October 1, 1988, St. Michael, Barbados
Current age 31 years 45 days
Major teams West Indies, Barbados, Sagicor High Performance Centre, St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, UWI Vice Chancellor's XI, West Indies A, West Indies Cricket Board President's XI, West Indies Under-19s
Playing role Top-order batsman
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Legbreak
|Test debut||West Indies v India at North Sound, Aug 22-25, 2019 scorecard|
|Last Test||West Indies v India at Kingston, Aug 30-Sep 2, 2019 scorecard|
|First-class debut||Guyana v Barbados at Georgetown, Feb 5-7, 2007 scorecard|
|Last First-class||West Indies v India at Kingston, Aug 30-Sep 2, 2019 scorecard|
|List A debut||Windward Islands v Barbados at Portsmouth, Jan 25, 2007 scorecard|
|Last List A||Barbados v Jamaica at Bridgetown, Oct 20, 2018 scorecard|
|T20s debut||Barbados v Bangladesh Cricket Board XI at Port of Spain, Sep 6, 2012 scorecard|
|Last T20s||St Kitts and Nevis Patriots v Trinbago Knight Riders at Providence, Oct 6, 2019 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|5||Patriots||v T&T Riders||Providence||6 Oct 2019||T20|
|53||Patriots||v Tridents||Bridgetown||28 Sep 2019||T20|
|7||Patriots||v Zouks||Gros Islet||24 Sep 2019||T20|
|6||Patriots||v Tallawahs||Kingston||19 Sep 2019||T20|
|20||Patriots||v T&T Riders||Basseterre||17 Sep 2019||T20|
|34||Patriots||v Amazon||Basseterre||14 Sep 2019||T20|
|13||Patriots||v Tridents||Basseterre||11 Sep 2019||T20|
|27||Patriots||v Tallawahs||Basseterre||10 Sep 2019||T20|
|0, 50||West Indies||v India||Kingston||30 Aug 2019||Test # 2359|
|11, 2||West Indies||v India||North Sound||22 Aug 2019||Test # 2358|
In full flow, Shamarh Brooks is all elegance. He drives mercilessly through the off side and often finishes his flicks standing on one leg. But it took four innings in Tests before these skills were visible.
Delayed gratification has been a theme of Brooks' career. As a teenager, he was part of two Under-19 World Cup squads, even captaining West Indies in the 2008 edition. But he found it hard to take to first-class cricket. Brooks wanted to be an electrical engineer if not a cricketer, a switch that might have played on his mind when he was dropped by Barbados in 2012, having made only one fifty after his debut in 2007.
His comeback for Barbados was as boisterous as his exit had been tame. In 2015, Brooks made 124 against Windward Islands in his first innings back, followed it up with two more hundreds in the same year, and was immediately back in the West Indies' plans with a Board President's XI call-up against Australia.
But it wasn't until 2018 when he seriously challenged for the senior side again. As West Indies A captain, he made 91 and 122* against India A during a tour of England, and two fifties against the same opponents a year later earned him a place in West Indies' squad for the home series against India.